March 2, 2020

april 2020 events

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton at First Baptist Church! – CANCELED – SIGNED BOOKS AVAILABLE!!!

Tuesday, April 7th  – 4:30 pm

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Tickets for the reading portion of the event are sold out. There are PHOTO LINE ONLY Tickets still available. These tickets come with one copy of Grandma’s Gardens and one photo in the photo line. This ticket does NOT come with a seat at the event.


Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed Author Event! – CANCELED

Wednesday, April 15th  – 6:30 pm

When Stars Are Scattered is an extremely special book, and we could not possibly be more honored to welcome the creators to Little Shop on their tour! Omar Mohamed grew up in a refugee camp, and he told his remarkable story to Victoria Jamieson, the author and illustrator of Roller Girl and All’s Faire in Middle School. Together, they have crafted a beautiful graphic novel full of heartbreak and hope. Join us on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30pm to hear the story of this book and meeting these amazing individuals! There will be a presentation followed by a signing. Read more about the book below, and mark your calendars!

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of When Stars Are Scattered from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More about When Stars Are Scattered:

Heartbreak and hope exist together in this remarkable graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl.

Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is hard there: never enough food, achingly dull, and without access to the medical care Omar knows his nonverbal brother needs. So when Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future . . . but it would also mean leaving his brother, the only family member he has left, every day.

Heartbreak, hope, and gentle humor exist together in this graphic novel about a childhood spent waiting, and a young man who is able to create a sense of family and home in the most difficult of settings. It’s an intimate, important, unforgettable look at the day-to-day life of a refugee, as told to New York Times Bestselling author/artist Victoria Jamieson by Omar Mohamed, the Somali man who lived the story.

Check out this Starred Review from Publishers Weekly!

Angela DiTerlizzi Author Event! – Postponed

Thursday, April 16th  – 6 pm

We hope to reschedule as soon as the current situation permits. WE LOVE ANGELA!!!

THE QUEEN RETURNS! Angela DiTerlizzi is the goddess of picture books. From Just Add Glitter to Say What?, Some Bugs to Some Pets and so many more, she has brightened our story times for years. Her new book, The Magical Yet, is pure magic, and we can’t wait to share it with you! Join us on Thursday, April 16 at 6pm for a reading and signing. Angela’s books are the PERFECT addition to your family’s library, and her joy is infectious. Y’ALL COME!

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of The Magical Yet to earn a place in the signing line!

More about The Magical Yet:

This Yet finds a way, even when you don’t,
And, Yet knows you will, when you think you won’t.

Each of us, from the day we’re born, is accompanied by a special companion – the Yet. Can’t tie your shoes? Yet! Can’t ride a bike? Yet! Can’t play the bassoon? Don’t worry, Yet is there to help you out.

Told in tight rhyme reminiscent of the great Dr. Seuss himself, this rollicking, inspirational picture book is perfect for every kid who is frustrated by what they can’t do . . . YET!

Roshani Chokshi: Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes! – CANCELED


Sunday, April 19th  – 4 pm

THE ARU SAGA CONTINUES! We absolutely adore Aru Shah…almost as much as we adore the author who created her, Atlanta local ROSHANI CHOKSHI! Roshani will be back at the shop to celebrate the release of the third installment, Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes! Learn more about the new book below and mark your calendars for Sunday, April 19 at 4pm so you can come by, meet Roshani, learn more about Aru, and laugh with your fellow fans. Roshani’s events are always an absolute BLAST.

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes:

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents the third book in the Hindu-based, best-selling Pandava series by Roshani Chokshi, in which Aru and her cohorts, Mini, Brynne, and Aiden–and now a pair of twins–search the Otherworld for Kalpavriksha, the wish-granting tree.

War between the devas and the demons is imminent, and the Otherworld is on high alert. When intelligence from the human world reveals that the Sleeper is holding a powerful clairvoyant and her sister captive, 14-year-old Aru and her friends launch a search-and-rescue mission. The captives, a pair of twins, turn out to be the newest Pandava sisters, though, according to a prophecy, one sister is not true.

During the celebration of Holi, the heavenly attendants stage a massage PR rebranding campaign to convince everyone that the Pandavas are to be trusted. As much as Aru relishes the attention, she fears that she is destined to bring destruction to her sisters, as the Sleeper has predicted. Aru believes that the only way to prove her reputation is to find the Kalpavriksha, the wish-granting tree that came out of the Ocean of Milk when it was churned. If she can reach it before the Sleeper, perhaps she can turn everything around with one wish.

Careful what you wish for, Aru . . .

Instagram Live Launch with Kelly Quindlen!

Tuesday, April 21st  – 7 pm

ALRIGHT, Y’ALL. The current times may prevent us from an in-person party, but NOTHING will keep us from celebrating the release of a great book! Join us on Instagram Live on Tuesday, April 21 at 7pm as our bookseller Madison interviews the delightful local author Kelly Quindlen about her YA release, Late to the Party! You can read up on this incredible book below. You can even ask Kelly questions yourself during the stream! And if you miss the live broadcast, never fear! We’ll put up a recording of it on Instagram and on the Facebook event page after it’s done.

Also! If you order the book from us, we can get Kelly to sign and personalize it! We can make the book available for contact-free pickup here at the shop, free local delivery, or ship it anywhere in the US through USPS. The link to order is here.


More about Late to the Party:

From author Kelly Quindlen comes a poignant and deeply relatable story about friendship, self-acceptance, and what it means to be a Real Teenager. Late to the Party is an ode to late bloomers and wallflowers everywhere.

Seventeen is nothing like Codi Teller imagined.

She’s never crashed a party, never stayed out too late. She’s never even been kissed. And it’s not just because she’s gay. It’s because she and her two best friends, Maritza and JaKory, spend more time in her basement watching Netflix than engaging with the outside world.

So when Maritza and JaKory suggest crashing a party, Codi is highly skeptical. Those parties aren’t for kids like them. They’re for cool kids. Straight kids.

But then Codi stumbles upon one of those cool kids, Ricky, kissing another boy in the dark, and an unexpected friendship is formed. In return for never talking about that kiss, Ricky takes Codi under his wing and draws her into a wild summer filled with late nights, new experiences, and one really cute girl named Lydia. The only problem? Codi never tells Maritza or JaKory about any of it.

Samuel Miller Author Event! – Postponed

Wednesday, April 22nd  – 6 pm

Little Shop is so excited to welcome author and musician Samuel Miller back to shop as he tours for his first adult title, Redemption Prep. Learn more about this wonderfully twisty novel below! Tickets for this event will be sold through Samuel’s website, but you may also buy the book in-store the day of the event. If you would like to preorder a book, please do so here:

The event will feature a presentation (that includes music!) and a signing. The event is free and open to all, but you must purchase a copy of Redemption Prep from Little Shop to get into the signing line (you may do this ahead of time through Samuel’s website or at the store on the day of the event). We look forward to seeing you soon!

More about Redemption Prep:

Twin Peaks meets Riverdale in this twisty atmospheric mystery from the critically acclaimed author of A Lite Too Bright, Samuel Miller, about the search for a missing girl at an elite prep school.

Everyone knows Emma. Neesha’s her best friend, Aiden’s her basketball star boyfriend, and Evan’s her shadow, following Emma’s every move.

Emma stands out, which is hard to do at Redemption Prep, a school where every student has been handpicked to attend its remote campus in the forest of Utah. So when she goes missing in plain sight during mass, everyone notices.

And everyone becomes a suspect, especially at a school with so many rules: Don’t skip mass. Don’t break curfew. Don’t go into the woods.

Emma’s disappearance ignites an investigation, and Neesha, Aiden, and Evan all want to find her—for different reasons. But they each have their own secrets to hide, and not everyone wants Emma to be found.

As the search continues, the students start to realize that they’re not the only ones trying to hide something. Redemption Prep has secrets, too—secrets bigger than any of the students could have imagined, and Emma could be the key to finding out the truth . . . if anyone can find her.

Ramadan Storytime! – CANCELED

Sunday, April 26th  – 2 pm

Ramadan Mubarak! To celebrate the month-long holiday, Little Shop is honored to host a story time designed for everyone. Whether you are observing the holiday or are someone who wants to learn more about it, we invite you for an afternoon of learning and honoring this pillar of Islam. We are also pleased to announce that our featured storyteller is Decatur parent Rahim Snow! You can learn more about him and his work at This is a story time not to be missed. Join us!! As always, story times are free and open to all.

Deborah Wiles KENT STATE Author Event! – Postponed

Sunday, April 26th  – 4 pm

Note: When this is all over, we truly hope to have Deb in the shop to talk about Kent State as we near the 50th anniversary of that event. She is one our country’s finest authors. Her 60s trilogy (especially Revolution, a National Book Award finalist, though they’re all great) brings history alive and each are thoroughly engaging.

While she won’t be at Little Shop this month, here’s a Q&A Deb did with Publishers Weekly.

Atlanta author Deborah Wiles is back with a new historical YA novel that is sure to resonate with readers today. Kent State examines the events of May 4, 1970 through multiple fictionalized perspectives and, fifty years later, the story still feels more urgent than ever. We are honored to host Deborah in the shop to discuss the book, and we hope that you can join us. Learn more about Kent State below!

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of Kent State from us to earn a place in the signing line!

Kent State received a superb starred review from Publishers Weekly: Ending with an extensive author’s note, this hard-hitting historical novel provides valuable perspective on unrest and violence, both timely and timeless, and an invitation that speaks to the present: “We hope you’re/ on fire/ for change.”

More about Kent State:

May 4, 1970.

Kent State University.

As protestors roil the campus, National Guardsmen are called in. In the chaos of what happens next, shots are fired and four students are killed. To this day, there is still argument of what happened and why.

Told in multiple voices from a number of vantage points — protestor, Guardsman, townie, student — Deborah Wiles’s Kent State gives a moving, terrifying, galvanizing picture of what happened that weekend in Ohio…an event that, even fifty years later, still resonates deeply.